DFX6 Digital Stereo Chorus

Detail of the DFX6 Digital Stereo Chorus,
from the 1990 DFX-series ad featuring Jeff Healey

The DFX6 Digital Stereo Chorus was advertised as part of DOD's DFX series, but was never produced. First announced at the 1989 Winter NAMM show, it was advertised with the DFX5 and DFX9 in early 1990, and also appeared in DOD's FX.CAT90A catalog (see below). Likely based on the chorus circuit in the DigiTech PDS 1700 Digital Stereo Chorus/Flanger, it is unclear why the DFX6 was advertised but never actually produced. Even if DOD's digital stereo chorus circuit was technically feasible in a compact pedal size, it may have been too expensive to produce. In addition, if its chorus effect was as harsh and "cold" as that of the PDS 1700, it might have been difficult to sell. Ibanez had apparently offered a digital chorus and a digital flanger as part of their "Master"/"L" and "10" series of pedals in the late 1980s, but they were discontinued by 1990 (which may explain why the DFX6 was announced but then dropped). To the best of our knowledge, no other company attempted to produce a digital chorus as a compact pedal until Boss revised the circuit of their CH-1 and CE-5 pedals in October 2001.

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